Talk:The Way International
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Beliefs and Doctrines
There are two sections on beliefs and doctrines. The first is in paragraph/summary style and the second is more bullet-like, with separate sub-headings. These sections can probably be combined
The Way International really doing all they can to edit this page, it's really a shame, page should probably be locked to prevent this sort of thing — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 22:27, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
I deleted the section on the Whitby House. It didn't seem to contribute to the main flow of the article, which was The Way's history, structure and beliefs. It seemed such a minor point to receive its own section Ten of Swords (talk)
Overall, as a former Christian who spent 3 years in the Way of 15 years as an extremely dedicated faithful follower of Jesus and had what can only be described as a strong relationship with God, this particular article is a fair description of The Way.
Now that I practice logic, rational thought, skepticism and epistemology, I take exception to 2 things in this article.
1. Describing John Lynn as a "huckster extraordinaire". As a former Christian, I consider all ministers and priests, etc as hucksters extraordinaires. However, I would NEVER use that term in an article that is intended to be an unbiased information piece. I have met John Lynn and he definitely doesn't take himself very seriously and he has a sense of humor that's second to none. I have found no reference on the web of Lynn labeling him a huckster. Calling him a "huckster extraordinaire" makes it appear that traditional Christians aren't hucksters, which in my opinion they are. Simply refer to Lynn as the leader of Living Truth without labels.
2. Walter Cummins and Chris Geer's reference to their ministries should not be in quotation marks. Whatever one may feel their mnistries are, they should not be labeled "ministries". As I have stated, to me, any Christian ministry is a "ministry". I would never call it a "ministry" in what is supposed to be an unbiased information article. Lose the quotation marks please.
Deleted the below text from the "Graduation" sub-topic because I couldn't parse it in any way that didn't require both additional information and additional explanation. I don't know the additional information so I can't assist in the explanation. The text seems relevant to the topic in approximately the same manner word salad is relevant to tonights's dinner. In any event, it would probably be good informaition to sort out and re-post. Text:
"The campus which had limited in-house degree granting status because it had been a Roman Catholic Convent and Spa, and The State of IN granted the convent an in-state degree from the Church. The Way assumed this status upon purchase of the property. Emporia had originally been accredited through the Presbyterian College denominational charter. The Way attempted to transfer the accredited Presbyterian degree granting privileges to itself, but was thwarted by the State of KS because The Way was unable to meet the minimum standards required for federal and/or state degree-granting privileges."
Removed the single-sentence second paragraph of the summary because it was both redundant and a direct quote from promotional material.
Added a short paragraph in the summary regarding the 1980's cult scare and their prominent place within it.